The Friends of Lake Sonoma welcomes you!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is a cadre of volunteers that supports the interpretive and educational programs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma.  Due to federal budget shortfalls, we also provide funding to help maintain the park and keep key facilities -- including the Milt Brandt Visitors Center -- open to public access.  We welcome your help -- financially through monetary and in-kind donations or through your service as a park volunteer! 

It's Deer Hunting Season!

Help us control our deer population! The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has deemed that six bucks can be harvested at Lake Sonoma during the archery/crossbow deer hunting season that begins July 11 and runs through mid-September.  Deer hunters will also be allowed to take a feral pig.  Check out our hunting page for more information!

Special Note:  We are offering guided pig hunts October 1 to November 1 to help control the growing wild pig population. This is in advance of our open pig hunting season that begins around Thanksgiving.  If you are interested in the early, guided hunt, contact Jayson Collard at

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival

The 2015 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival was a raging success, with more than 5,000 attendees. Please mark your calendars now for the 2016 festival, which will be held at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center on Saturday, February 13th, rain or shine.  If your non-profit organization or business would like to host a table at this great event, please drop us a line at  Cost is $50 for non-profits and $100 for local businesses. Special thanks to sponsors already committed to making our 2016 event even bigger and better:  The Belli Corporation (Westec Tank & Equipment), Brandt Insurance,  Bowland Vineyard Management, the Russian River Watershed Association, Bear Republic Brewing and the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley!  More to come!


Milt Brandt Visitors Center

The Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma is now open daily!  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friends of Lake Sonoma is looking for volunteers to help staff the center and give fish hatchery tours during the Steelhead Run, which is January through April.  If you can help, contact us at

Rich Thomas Elected Chairman of Friends of Lake Sonoma

The Friends of Lake Sonoma elected retired SRJC professor Richard Thomas as board chairman for 2015-2016 at its annual meeting on March 3.  Retired park ranger Linda Clapp was elected vice chairman.  Retired Geyserville educator Tony Pettis was re-elected treasurer.  Gordon Amrein, a retired insurance executive, was also re-elected recording secretary, while Donna Maier, an equestrian, was re-elected corresponding secretary.  New board members are Dora Azevedo from River Rock Casino and the Pomo Tribe, Mark Thayer, a civic leader from Cloverdale, and Kasey Wade, program coordinator for the Natural Resource Management Program at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Board of Directors

Richard Thomas, chairman

Linda Clapp, vice chairman

Tony Pettis, treasurer

Gordon Amrein, recording secretary

Donna Meier, corresponding secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Joe Brandt, Harry Bosworth, Jayson Collard, Dan Hastings, Rick Herbert, Miguel Lujan, Jr., Brad Sherwood, Mark Thayer, Kasey Wade


Directors Emeritus:  Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma County Water Agency

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Bike Monkey

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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